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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1121

June 18, 2019

Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and small-space living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate your readership.

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Don’t operate without your gloves…

By veteran RVer Mike Sokol

The other day I needed to dump some gasoline in the lawn mower and at the last minute remembered to put on my blue nitrile gloves. Yeah, last time I forgot the gloves and got gas on my hands – it took all day to get rid of the stench. Nitrile gloves are great for any kind of mechanical or dirty chores on or around your RV, but don’t scrimp on the thin 5-mm versions – get the nice 7 mm-thick gloves that are hard to tear. I get mine at Harbor Freight, or if you don’t have one in your area you can order them on (of course). I like the X-Large size, but as they say, your mileage may vary (or something like that).


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Let your RV save the day during an emergency

In case of an emergency, keep your RV cupboards stocked with non-perishable food, be sure your propane and gas tanks are full and that your generator is in good working order. Keep fresh water in your tank. A portable hand-crank (for power) emergency radio is important as well. If you need to escape quickly or take refuge because your home loses power or is damaged, you’ll be far more comfortable in your RV than at an emergency shelter.

Avoid “stale fridge”

Don’t let “storage stale stink” affect your refrigerator when not in use. Tuck the end of a towel into the freezer near the hinge side. Stuff the other end of the towel in the refrigerator compartment. The towel keeps the doors open and air circulating.

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The best park in every state

Outside Online always has great articles, and this one doesn’t disappoint. They’ve listed the best park in every state (they “prioritized natural beauty and lack of crowds”), and boy are we ready to travel to some of these! Take a look for yourself and start planning some hikes and/or summer BBQs.

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Charles Ketchum
3 years ago

Our RV served us well during and after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. We fled to northern Mississippi as Kartina approached and it gave us two months of refuge while our area recovered. We kept it stocked with non-perishable essentials and fresh water during hurricane season. It truly was our “Hurricane Escape Vehicle.” If you prepare it will serve you well.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

We keep the trailer loaded and ready to go – except in the winter when water and canned goods can freeze. Then we just hope nothing untoward happens.

Tony King
3 years ago

Living in So Cal both our Class A & B are always “Ready & Stocked”. I use Battery Maintainers on every battery so they are always charged plus both have Solar.
The gloves are definitely worth having around for lots of uses
Not sure I would really be interested in Selling my RV’s as I’ve owned mine a long time and they both have covered storage and are in excellent condition for their age. Thinking of all the problems people have buying new Rv’s has definitely changed my thinking. Another plus is they are paid for !

Dave Telenko
3 years ago

Mike you are SOOOO right about those nitrile gloves! We now have a diesel pusher & believe me diesel fuel really stinks & if you even get it on your hands it almost impossible to get rid of that awful smell. I keep 2 packs of the 7mm gloves, one in the dump bay & one handy for filling up my diesel tanks. Actually I keep a pair in the fuel fill window. Truck stops are notorious for leaky fuel nozzles!

3 years ago
Reply to  Dave Telenko

Rub lemon juice on hands then wash; kills a multitude of odors.

3 years ago

The pictures are absolutely beautiful in the article “Best parks in every state”.!

Sharon B
3 years ago
Reply to  Robbie

Agree with the photos. Great photography. But for Florida Biscayne National Park is on the Bay to the Ocean. There is no camping at that site. 🙁

3 years ago

We live in Florida and keep our motor home all ways ready. We have cloths,can goods and towels and all bath goods full. Last stop on the way home from a trip is to fill gas and propane. When home make sure water tank is flushed and refilled plus waste tanks empty, Black tank is then prepared for next trip by putting in some water and a treatment. If we had to pull out only need to empty house frig and go. The last hurricane we stayed but lost power for a few days and of course used motor home to live in. The bonus was the generator powered up our house frig.

3 years ago
Reply to  robert

hurray for Robert. Living in lower Alabama, same remarks apply. Add Amateur radio license and equipment, and you will be really ready. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Sharon B
3 years ago
Reply to  tom,

Tom great access to find out what’s going on is your Amateur radio license. You will always be in the know.
Having a stocked up RV with clean water, empty tanks is the way to go. But OMG….the traffic from the Keys or from South Florida was a nightmare a few years ago. Gas stations had lines a mile long on the TPK. So what do we do then since most of us have gas hogs. We are still caught behind a rock and a hard place.

Ron Lane
3 years ago
Reply to  robert

You have cloths? I assume you mean clothes…